This week we’re going to working on playing on one string and one string only. This is a great exercise because it’s a lot easier to memorize and correlate the sounds of different notes to their location if you’re only dealing with one string.
I’m deliberately leaving out any mention of chord tones or theory from this lesson. I want you to intuitively learn this melody and where the notes fall and then I want to to start taking chances. Depart from what you know. Play the melody, but just a little differently. Embrace messing up and surprising yourself. If you do this you will be improvising. At it’s essence improvising is really that simple.
It requires courage to do something if you feel that you may not be doing it “right”, or you may not know everything there is to know about it how it works. Embracing this fear is the most important part of the path. We’ll talk about intellectual context via theory and chord tones later, but this step off of the cliff where you are relying on nothing but your intuition (which is your best and smartest teacher!) is the most important step.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Angeline The Baker
Loop 2:11 Breakdown of Single String Melody
Loop 12:18 Closing Thoughts and Outro